Practice of Science was selected as a finalist for
Royal Society Prize for Science Books.
The judges said: “How is science done? This book looks
behind the scenes and tells the story of what makes scientific minds
tick and how scientific theories are made. A fascinating, personal
account – essential reading for anyone with an interest in
science, from pupil to politician.”
Philosophy of Science and Bioethics
My research program consists of cross-disciplinary
studies at the boundary between science and philosophy, attempting
to articulate what doing science entails with the goal of informing
science policy decisions and advancing science education and public
understanding of science. The philosophical approach that I use
involves exploring the assumptions and challenges implicit in practice.
Oxford University Press recently (2009)
published my new book Everyday Practice
of Science: Where Intuition and Passion meet Objectivity and Logic.
Everyday Practice begins with the premise that although scientific
facts can be so complicated that only specialists in a field will
fully appreciate the details, the nature of everyday practice that
gives rise to these facts should be understandable by everyone interested
in science. My book describes how scientists bring their own interests
and passions to their work, illustrates the dynamics between researchers
and the research community, and emphasizes a contextual understanding
of science in place of the linear model found in textbooks with
its singular focus on "scientific method." Everyday Practice
of Science also introduces readers to issues about science and society.
Practice requires value judgments: What should be done? Who should
do it? Who should pay for it? How much? Balancing scientific opportunities
with societal needs depends on appreciating both the promises and
the ambiguities of science. Understanding practice informs discussions
about how to manage research integrity, conflict of interest, and
the challenge of modern genetics to human research ethics. Society
cannot have the benefits of research without the risks. Finally,
the last chapter contrasts the practices of science and religion
as reflective of two different types of faith and describes a holistic
framework within which they dynamically interact.
Grinnell, F (1987) The Scientific Attitude, Westview Press,
Grinnell, F (1992) The Scientific Attitude, 2nd Edition,
Guilford Press, New York, NY.
F. (2009) Everyday Practice of Science: Where
Intuition and Passion meet Objectivity and Logic, Oxford
University Press, New York, NY.
Everyday Practice of Science -- Reviews and Podcasts
by Janet D. Stemedel at Science Blogs
by Alice Kim at Science and Consciousness Blog
Midwest Book Review at Amazon.Com
by John Kwok at Amazon.Com
Bench Ethics (podcast): Science Progress hosts interview
between Jonathan Moreno and Fred Grinnell
by Michael R. Dietrich in The Quarterly Review of Biology
by D. P. Dash in Journal of Research Practice
by Chris Lee at ArsTechnica Blog
by Dan Agin at The Huffington Post
Review by A.
J. Cornish Bowden at Amazon.Com
by Timothy Haugh at Amazon.Com
Italian) by Domenico Lombardini at Amazon.Com
French) by Marie-Jo Thiel at Le Centre européen d'enseignement
et de recherche en éthique (CEERE)
Review by Russell Blackford at Metamagician and the Hellfire
by Brian Clegg at Popular Science
by Ruth Francis at Nature.com
by Sheril Kirshenbaum at The Intersection Blog
by Tim Radford at The Guardian
by Kerry Taylor Smith at Laboratory News
by Juljan Krause at Science as Culture
by José Vázquez at CBE Life Sciences Education
by Paul Wolstenholme-Hogg at RCS Chemistry World
by Cory Lewis at Spontaneous Generations
F. (2009) Intelligible Design or Intelligent Design? It’s
a Matter of Faith. Chronicle of Higher Education. 55(18): B5
F. (2009) Discovery in the Lab: Plato’s paradox and Max Delbrück’s
principle of limited sloppiness. FASEB J. 20: 410-1.
F. (2011) The Evolution of Credibility The-Scientist.
F. (2013) Research Integrity and Everyday Practice of Science. Science
and Engineering Ethics. 9: 685-701.
F. (2013) It is time to update US biomedical funding. Nature. 501:137.
Other Selected Publications
F. (1983) Studies on intersubjectivity: A comparison of Martin Buber
and Alfred Schutz. Human Studies 6: 185-195.
(1986) Complementarity: An approach to understanding the relationship
between science and religion. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
F. (1990) The endings of clinical research protocols: Understanding
the difference between therapy and research. IRB. 12: 1-4
F. (1994) Radical intersubjectivity: Why naturalism is an assumption
necessary for doing science. In Darwinism: Science or Philosophy?
ed. J. Buelland V. Hearn, Foundation for Thought and Ethics, Richardson,
F, Bishop, JP, and McCullough, LB. (2002) Bioethical pluralism and
complementarity. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 45(3):338-49
F. (2004) Subject Vulnerability: The Precautionary Principle Of
Human Research. American Journal of Bioethics. 4:72-74.
F. (2004) Human embryo research: From moral uncertainty to death.
American Journal of Bioethics. 4:12-3.
Grinnell, F. (2005) Misconduct: acceptable practices differ by field.
Nature. 436: 776.
F. (2006) Intelligent design: fallacy recapitulates ontogeny. FASEB
J. 20: 410-1.25.
University Press Blog (2009): Science and Conflict of Interest
University Press Blog (2009): How to Support Graduate Education
in the Sciences
University Press Blog (2009): Redefining Death -- Again
Oxford University Press Blog (2010): End of Human Embryonic Stem
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